Rommel Estanislao creations
I'm going to take a little break from komiks reviews to give way to a toy review, the first in this blog anyway.
The following pieces are made by triple threat creator Rommel Estanislao, a.k.a ~dinuguan over at deviantart.com. Rommel or 'Omeng' is a triple threat: he can draw, sculpt and design making him one of the more versatile komiks artists these days. I'd review his indies but I'll reserve that for another time. We'll be looking at his superb handiwork mainly the toys and accessories that he makes.
What I've picked up from this year's Komikstrip was his Mjolnir pendant made up of Sculpey Clay. What Omeng did was to sculpt it 'chibi-style' with it having an exaggerated head and puny handle. The grey/orange scheme works and reflects what Thor had in the comics. It's simply adorable, just the right way I like it to be.
Now Omeng also works on a lot of products that range from comics, anime and pop culture by request most of the time. He does have some signature lines like his 'Tupang Itim', 'Broken hearts' and 'Katas ng Saging' series notable for their cartoony look and cheerful colors. The creatures in 'Katas ng Saging' for example are sort of mini busts/pendants set in cola caps. Genius eh? And this seems appropriate as he ties up most of his products with his komiks. He prices his works reasonably too so 'kon goers (like yours truly) can get a piece or two and still get indies from all the other artists around.
I couldn't recommend Omeng's handiwork enough so the next time you go to a 'kon, look for a man with glasses hawking odds and ends. That''ll be Omeng and he will bring little clay joy to your life.